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The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press (Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807123331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807123331
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 5.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,779,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Burt, professor of English at Brandeis University, is the author of Robert Penn Warren and American Idealism and the poetry collections The Way Down and Work Without Hope.

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I find most contemporary poetic practice notable only for its miserly concern for the difficulties attendant upon the small, the domestic, the momentary--huge acreages felled only to tell us that someone built a fence in their backyard once, and their husband helped them and the bindweed grew up around it and that was symbolic of relationships enduring and such. I'm therefore ensanguined by Burt's new collection (definitive enough, I should think, to silence the shrieks of Robert Penn Warren harpies), which teaches us that bindweed can't "hold candle to chokeweed," that fences tend "to grow thick with unfencing menses," and that husbands are meaningful only inasmuch as they "lung persevering into the guts of Cromwell." As a result, this collection--under Burt's sprightly editorship --provides a needed corrective; Warren takes an uncompromising view of the suffering subject splayed upon the rack of history, and the results are cheerful and life-affirming. This book made me realize that there's a reason for everything; I will recommend it to my co-workers.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ad6bbdc) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac6a63c) out of 5 stars Truly comprehensive volume 22 Feb. 2005
By TFN III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I will leave it to others more qualified to sing the praises of Warren's poetry, and will merely add some vital information that is inexplicably left out of the books description above: this volume contains every poem published and unpublished that Warren ever wrote with the exception of his book-length poem "Brother to Dragons." It includes his earliest poems from the "Fugative" at Vanderbilt, the long and wonderful "Audubon: A Vision" and all subsequent books of poetry he published. Further, Warren was an constantly revising his poems, and the editor here includes Warren's final revised versions of the poems. Finally, Harold Bloom's introductory essay is a fabulous overview. In short, if you own this book and "Brother to Dragons" then you have ever word of Warren's poetry and you are set for a lifetime of enjoyment. Buy it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac6a690) out of 5 stars Warren's Poetic Canon: 554 22 Jun. 2006
By Robert A. Roark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
John Burt has provided an extraordinary service to students, teachers, scholars, and readers of Robert Penn Warren's poetry. Among the 554 poems included in this volume are previously uncollected poems and an unpublished poem, "With or Without Compass?" (in the textual notes)--all neatly organized chronologically in versions that are explained logically and thoroughly in the section on emendations and in the textual notes. The Explanatory Notes section adds glosses to words and references that might otherwise be obscure to a younger audience. Well formatted, well thoughtout, well articulated. "The" volume of Warren's poetry to own, to read, and to re-read.
20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aff666c) out of 5 stars Warren's poems are a triumph of the human spirit. 10 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I find most contemporary poetic practice notable only for its miserly concern for the difficulties attendant upon the small, the domestic, the momentary--huge acreages felled only to tell us that someone built a fence in their backyard once, and their husband helped them and the bindweed grew up around it and that was symbolic of relationships enduring and such. I'm therefore ensanguined by Burt's new collection (definitive enough, I should think, to silence the shrieks of Robert Penn Warren harpies), which teaches us that bindweed can't "hold candle to chokeweed," that fences tend "to grow thick with unfencing menses," and that husbands are meaningful only inasmuch as they "lung persevering into the guts of Cromwell." As a result, this collection--under Burt's sprightly editorship --provides a needed corrective; Warren takes an uncompromising view of the suffering subject splayed upon the rack of history, and the results are cheerful and life-affirming. This book made me realize that there's a reason for everything; I will recommend it to my co-workers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By John M Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
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Lyrical and profound. A supreme aesthetic pleasure, accommodating of both the hooligan rascals and determined ascetics among us. Warren writes from no physical/temporal realm about no thing.
HASH(0x9ac6abe8) out of 5 stars I like the way the poems were classified in the book 30 Jan. 2016
By M.W.Heishman - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the way the poems were classified in the book. I started at the beginning to read through at first but then decided to go to certain sections of the book like what he wrote when he was my age, and ideas like that. I enjoy his poetry as much as any that I have read and felt a personal connect with the author at some times. I intend to savor the poems reading them at different times over a longer period of time than I read his books. His poetry is puts a reader at ease but the interpretation is not always precise, or rather, can be ambiguous.
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